3 steps to resolve a noise complaint

Don't involve law enforcement unless situation gets dire

By Inman News Feed
Add Comment Add Comment | Comments: 3 | Posted Dec. 29, 2011

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This column on issues confronting tenants and landlords is written by property manager Robert Griswold, author of "Property Management for Dummies" and "Property Management Kit for Dummies" and co-author of "Real Estate Investing for Dummies."

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1. Anonymous said... on Jan 17, 2013 at 12:26AM

“Fuck that give those assholes hell!!!!”

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2. Anonymous said... on Feb 13, 2013 at 04:25AM

“We live next door to a small theatre and the owners are very disrespectful to us, they constantly harass us with noise, it sounds like they are coming through our walls every time they have there dirty plays. When we ask them to keep it down, they just laugh and they are constantly slamming their gate and they keep parking in front of our home as if they live here and it doesn't do any good when we ask them not to park there, they just keep doing it anyway. They have been trying to run us out of our home for the past few years now cause in 08 was when the one owner kept asking my mother who is 64 yrs old if she would be interested in selling her house and she always said no, but kept on asking her til he gave up on that, that's when the really loud noise started not too long after that, slamming there car doors, banging on the walls, we did call the police but there is nothing they can do, what are our options and what are the theatre laws in Philly? Also they serve alcohol too.”

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3. Anonymous said... on Apr 22, 2013 at 02:46PM

“There isn't anything you can do about them parking in front of your house unless they are blocking your driveway. You don't own the street even if you've lived there a long time. Banging gates and being rude are similarly things that you'll just have to live with. BUT noise may be something the police can do something about. Philadelphia City Code Chapter 10-400 (Noise and Excessive Vibration) makes it unlawful for non-residential properties (like your neighbors) to produce sound that is "5 decibels above background level measured at the property boundary of the nearest occupied residential property." It is also unlawful to produce excessive vibrations which "exceed 0.15 inches per second beyond any property boundary or 30 yards from any moving source." The police certainly can do something if the noise exceeds that level. If they refuse to help you (and the noise is as loud as you say) consider recording the incidents and or getting a decibel reader to demonstrate the problem.”

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